The Royal Tenenbaums: 'Did you just call me Coltrane?'

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This hilarious bit comes from the 2001 movie The Royal Tenenbaums. In this scene we see the characters played by Gene Hackman and Danny Glover get into an argument over Hackman's wife. Hackman provokes Glover by calling him "Coltrane," and then promptly denies it when confronted. The impetus behind this remark appears to be the stereotype that jazz musicians are suave ladies men. However, the name "Coltrane" was most likely only used because John Coltrane is one of the few jazz musicians with wide spread name recognition, as Coltrane was not known as a womanizer.

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Scene Transcription

Royal: "Can I ask you something?"
Henry: "Okay."
Royal: "Are you trying to steal my woman?"
Henry: "I beg your pardon?"
Royal: "You heard me, Coltrane."
Henry: "Coltrane?"
Royal: "What?" 
Henry: "Did you just call me Coltrane?"
Royal: "No."
Henry: "You didn’t?"
Royal "No." 
Henry: "Okay."
Royal: "But if I did?" - "You wouldn’t be able to do anything about it, would you?"
Henry: "You don’t think so?"
Royal: "No, I don’t."
Henry: "Listen, Royal. If you think..."
Royal: "You want to talk some jive? I’ll talk some jive with you. I'll talk some jive like you never heard!"
Henry: "Oh, yeah?"
Royal: "Right on!"
Henry: "Sit down!"
Royal: "What?"
Royal: "What’d you say?"
Henry: "I said, sit down, goddammit!"
Royal: "Oh, I heard you."- "I want you out of my house."
Henry: "This is not your house."
Royal: "Don’t play semantics with me. I want your raggedy ass back on the..."
Etheline: " What’s going on here?"
Royal: "Nothing."

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